Florida Senate proposal provides needed resources to invest in long term care workforce

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) today praised the Florida Senate for recognizing the importance of properly funding the state’s nursing centers.

The Senate included a 10% increase ($375 million) to Medicaid funding for nursing center care in its preliminary budget as lawmakers move to formally adopt a spending plan for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The Senate budget proposal would increase funding by almost $550,000 per care center, giving providers much-needed resources to invest in their workforce and the systems needed to continue enhancing resident care and safety.

The following statement may be attributed to Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of FHCA:

“Florida’s long term care system has faced longstanding challenges that have only gotten worse throughout the pandemic, including staffing shortages and financial issues. Increased funding across the system will allow our care centers to address significant needs in their workforce and clinical services, which are essential to continue providing high-quality care to Florida’s growing elderly population and individuals with disabilities. This includes the nearly 46,000 residents who rely on Medicaid to pay for their long term care services.

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